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Corbyn comes face to face with Trump

07 June, 2019 — By Dan Carrier

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn with the charcoal sketch of Donald Trump

THERE has been much column space and air time spent over whether Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn requested a meeting with President Donald Trump during his visit to the UK – or whether the Islington North MP snubbed the chance to talk to the controversial right-wing Republican.

But the Tribune can reveal that Mr Corbyn did in fact meet POTUS – albeit a charcoal sketch of the man – at an exhibition in Highgate’s Lauderdale House.

Mr Corbyn was having lunch at the historic house’s popular café on Sunday with his family – and then popped into its gallery to view a show, Post Lux Tenebras, by artist Alison Meek.

Ms Meek, who studied at Saint Martins and Hornsey School of Art, has created a series of images whose theme is the rise of populism in politics.

Ms Meek said: “Jeremy was having lunch and the Lauderdale House manager asked if he’d like to see the show.

“He came in and he mentioned that he would see if Trump could meet him for talks – but he wasn’t going to a State banquet in the President’s honour.”

Not all Ms Meek’s images are of men who have become symbols of divisions in Britain and the US. In the show, she has gone back to Ancient Greek civilisation.

She said: “I wanted to consider the crossovers of art, science and maths, which was the basis of Greek thought.”

She also considers worrying parallels between modern times and the Dark Ages.

• Post Lux Tenebras, at Lauderdale House, Highgate Hill, runs until June 24.

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